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Confined space entry fatality

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) has published the following safety alert regarding a confined space entry fatality in which one person lost his life and another required medical treatment. The incident occurred when two shipyard workers entered a confined space after welding under argon gas shielding.

The safety alert can be downloaded from

Confined space entry remains a very serious risk for IMCA member’s personnel, one that needs to be taken very seriously.

IMCA has created a video addressing the issue of safety in confined spaces – Working in confined spaces

Members may wish to refer to the following similar incidents (key words: confined, space, fatality)

Safety Event

Published: 18 December 2014
Download: IMCA SF 19/14

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